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Yankees bolster bullpen, sign Dotel to 1-year deal

NEW YORK -- Reliever Octavio Dotel agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday after beginning last season with Oakland but not pitching past May because of major elbow surgery.

Dotel, a 32-year-old free agent, joins a Yankees bullpen that was erratic all season. He will earn an additional $250,000 once he is added to the active major league roster.

The right-hander was 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 games for Oakland in 2005 before being placed on the disabled list May 19. He then had "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow.

In his 15 appearances, he limited opposing batters to a .185 average and held right-handed hitters to three hits in 28 at-bats (.107). He has 481 strikeouts in 389 2/3 innings as reliever since the 2001 season, the most in the majors.

Dotel has played parts of seven seasons with the Mets (1999), Astros (2000-04) and Athletics (2004-05).